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Touching scenes: Ex-Orlando Pirates star Papi Khomane laid to rest

The former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates player was buried on Saturday, 2 December.

The soccer legend Papi Khomane (48) tragically died in a car crash last Saturday.

Papi was fondly remembered by his family and those close to him as humble and a straight talker.

“When he didn’t like something, he would tell you straight but in a calm manner,” said his brother Mokete Khomane.

“He was a caring person and used to show this to all of us.”

Ex-Orlando Pirates star Papi Khomane laid to rest

Papi was buried alongside his mother, Rita Nomasonto Khomane, and uncle, Moffat Norman Nkosi.

The funeral service was conducted at Soweto’s University of Joburg.

Papi and his mom were members of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa.

Papi was roped under the Christian Men’s Ministry.


The three were buried at the Nasrec Memorial Park.

The three died on the way to the funeral in Newcastle in KZN.

Papi was not driving at the time, and the driver is believed to have lost control after a tyre failure.

The driver and another passenger survived, but Papi, his mother and uncle died.

Tributes for the former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates player had been pouring in since the tragic news surfaced.

Hundreds of friends, soccer lovers, family members and his church gathered at the hall at the University of Joburg’s Soweto campus.

The mourners were singing songs of praise, celebrating his life.

Amadodana were leading hymns, and in a joyous mood, mourners joined and sang.

His distraught wife couldn’t utter anything, and the sadness in her face said it all.

Papi is survived by his wife Thato, sons Itumeleng, Tumelo, Mother and Tshirelletso, his father Yster Khomane plus three brothers and two sisters.

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